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  Dalton, Walter
NameWalter Dalton
Rutherfordton, North Carolina , United States
Website [Link]
Born May 21, 1949 (70 years)
ContributorWishful Thinking
Last ModifedPatrick
Jun 21, 2012 05:42pm
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InfoWalter Harvey Dalton was born in Rutherfordton, Rutherford County, North Carolina. He earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1971, and earned a J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law in 1975.

Dalton worked in the Audit Department of Union Trust Company between 1971 and 1972. He was a law clerk for Woodrow W. Jones, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, between 1975 and 1977. He worked for many years as an attorney based in Rutherfordton, North Carolina. He joined the law firm of Hamrick, Bowen, Nanney & Dalton, LLP in 1977, and left in 2000.

Dalton represented constituents in Cleveland and Rutherford counties in the North Carolina General Assembly. His district was originally the 37th Senate district, but it was renumbered as the 46th in the redistricting following the 2000 United States Census.

In 2007, Dalton announced that he would seek the Democratic nomination for Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina in 2008. He won the Democratic primary on May 6, 2008, defeating Hampton Dellinger, Patrick Smathers, and Dan Besse. He won the general election on November 4, 2008.

Dalton's father, Charles, was also a North Carolina state senator, who died when Walter was 8 years old. His elder sister, Laura, helped their mother, Amanda, raise young Walter. She later became active in Republican politics and married Chuck Neely, a Republican who served in the state legislature and unsuccessfully ran for Governor in 2000.

Walter Dalton's wife, Lucille, is a former teacher and former local school board member. Walter and Lucille Dalton are the parents of two children, Brian and Elizabeth.


DateFirmFavorableUnfavorableDon't Know
08/31/2012-09/02/2012 Public Policy Polling 30.00% ( 6.0) 25.00% ( 6.0) 45.00% ( 0.0)
08/02/2012-08/05/2012 Public Policy Polling 24.00% ( 0.0) 31.00% ( 0.0) 45.00% ( 0.0)

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